Connie was diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer in early 2014, and she was told she had less than one year to live. The doctors said that Connie’s tumor was too large and too close to the superior mesenteric artery to risk surgery. But, over a year and a half later, Connie is still very much alive and fighting every day to be healthier and find a cure. She cites her husband, Neil, as the primary source of her strength and unfailing courage. Vowing to educate herself and others about the disease, Connie formed a team for Purple Stride 2014, raising $35,000 towards the $340,000 raised by the event. Her Purple Stride 2015 team raised over $29,000. After months of chemotherapy, Connie’s tumor shrank enough to allow for surgery. And on September 30, 2014, Connie’s tumor was completely removed and she remains cancer free to this day. Connie attributes her success story to the wonderful care and encouragement she received during her treatment, and she has since begun working towards ensuring that everyone receives the same quality of care. It is hoped, that through continued research into solid tumor cancers like Connie’s pancreatic cancer, stem cell research will find a treatment, which will avoid the need for chemotherapy, or maybe even surgery. Americans for Cures is partnering with patients like Connie to raise awareness of the potential benefits of this research, with the hope of reducing suffering for many more people like Connie.